Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić has made a statement after reports in the media on Friday suggested that promising Croatian left back Borna Sosa would be included in Germany’s UEFA Euro squad.
It was reported in the media today that the 23-year-old was given German citizenship, on Germany coach Joachim Löw’s initiative, through his mother Vesna who was born and grew up in Berlin, and was expected to represent Germany at UEFA Euro 2020 next month.
Sosa, who was born in Zagreb, played for Dinamo Zagreb before signing with German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart in 2018.
Sosa, who was named in Croatia’s preliminary 32-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but did not make the final 23, has been in great form for his club and is also among Dalić’s plans for Euro 2020 which starts next month.
“We regularly follow Borna Sosa’s club performance and he is definitely among the candidates for Croatia senior national team. Moreover, he was active and successful in youth categories, which is the best path towards the Vatreni. We expect Sosa to continue with good performances in Stuttgart, and come even closer to the A-squad. Of course, each player has the right to select his national team, if these options are available,” coach Zlatko Dalić said on Friday.
ℹ️ (2/2) “We expect Sosa to continue with good performances in Stuttgart, and come even closer to the A-squad. Of course, each player has the right to select his national team, if these options are available” – Zlatko Dalić pic.twitter.com/EHDPTMp4R4— HNS (@HNS_CFF) May 7, 2021
Sosa has represented Croatia at youth level and was named in Igor Bišćan’s squad for last month’s UEFA Under-21 Euro 2021 but withdrew at the last minute due to a knee injury.